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Master Bath Must-Haves - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

4 Master Bath Must-Haves

Four items you must have in your master bath.

Master Bath Must-HavesHansgrohe: Raindance AIR

The Raindance AIR series, the original AIR-injected shower by Hansgrohe, infuses each drop of water with air. This delivers an invigorating high-performance shower and saves water, too. You can choose between the handshower, the Whirl AIR massage or an oversized showerhead (up to 24” in diameter).

Retail Price: $120-$5,663 (depending on the head and finish)
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply
centralazsupply.com


Master Bath Must-HavesElectric Mirror®: NorthStar(™) Waterproof TV

Electric Mirror’s NorthStar waterproof televisions are completely waterproof and can be found in luxury hotels, transforming the guest’s bathroom into a luxury spa experience. These have a minimalist design, are easy to install and have integrated waterproof speakers.

Price: $4,290-$4,950
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply
centralazsupply.com


Master Bath Must-HavesVictoria & Albert Baths: Shropshire

The Shropshire classic tub, from Victoria & Albert Baths, not only gives your bathroom that classic, stylish look, but also is ergonomically comfortable and made from 100 percent ENGLISHCAST® materials, volcanic limestone — making this tub warm, beautiful, lasting, renewable, strong, practical and unique.

Retail Price: $2,300-$2,700
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply
centralazsupply.com


Jason Hydrotherapy: Designer Collection IC635P

Master Bath Must-Haves

Jason Hydrotherapy tubs provide MicroSilk(™) hydrotherapy — oxygen-rich microbubbles — that works to enhance and improve your skin’s health and appearance, making you look younger, moisturizes your skin to reduce wrinkles, as well as relieve stress. This tub has room for two and also comes equipped with an LED chromatherapy light system, which has positive psychological and physiological effects.

Retail Price: $14,790
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply
centralazsupply.com


Spa RetreatKohler K3900-0 “Numi” One Piece Toilet

One of Kohler’s newest products, Numi boasts a sleek design, incredible comfort and unmatched control. This compact and modern toilet has a motion-activated lid and seat, an integrated air dryer, deodorizer, a heated seat and feet warmer and music with built-in speakers. But that’s not all; you’ll also have a touch screen remote, a magnetic docking station, an automatic flush system that helps save water and power, and more.

Retail Price: $6,390
Where to buy: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting
ferguson.com


Master Bath Must-HavesKohler K2277-M-NA “Timpani” Vessel Style Bathroom Sink and “Falling Water” Faucet

This stainless steel countertop lavatory with a satin-finish surface will give your bath or powder room that spa-inspired and modern appeal. Don’t forget the faucet, though. Try pairing it with the Kohler “Falling Water” wall mount bathroom sink faucet with the finish of your choice.

Vessel Retail Price: $848
Faucet Retail Price: $607
Where to buy: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting
ferguson.com


Sources: Jeremy Smith, Central Arizona Supply; Paige Snodgrass, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery  

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Spa Retreat - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Turn Your Master Bath Into A Spa Retreat

A Spa Sanctuary: Get away from it all and turn your master bath into a spa retreat


As you slip deeper into the bubbling, effervescent silky water, warming and moistening your body, your fingers trace the limestone tub. The lights dimmed low, you willingly release the pent up tension of the busy week; with work and kids, you haven’t had a chance to get away.

As you fall further into a calming state of meditation, your trance is broken once your mind begins to question when you were last at a spa. A few months ago? A year? Who cares — your bathroom’s your retreat now.

Not surprisingly, many Scottsdale residents have been ditching the hotel-based day spa and creating that spa experience right in their own bathrooms — for years, even — and they only continue to do so, especially with bathrooms growing in size.

But this doesn’t mean day spas don’t spark inspiration for homeowners just looking for an easier, more accessible means to de-stress and get away from it all — in their bathrooms.
“The bathroom is more than just a place to brush your teeth,” says Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply in Scottsdale. “It’s now a place where you can take time to relax.

“What has really made it more spa-like and people creating more of a spa experience has definitely been led by people going to hotels,” Smith says, “and seeing these hotels have changed the way they do bathrooms.”

Paige Snodgrass, a showroom consultant at the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Scottsdale, has witnessed this trend over the past year as well.

“Eight of every 10 clients I work with are trying to make (their master baths) more of a spa,” Snodgrass says. “This is truly a retreat for them.”

Both agree that homeowners are now spending the extra cash on themselves, to get what they want instead of merely what they need, to make more long-term goals with their master baths to make it that “special room,” as Snodgrass puts it.

“It’s the way of thinking that’s changed,” Smith says. “Now it is much more, ‘What do I want in this bathroom for myself?’ ”

Creating the experience can be as minimal as replacing a shower head to a complete, more elaborate remodel.

One shower head to consider is the Raindance AIR Series from Hansgrohe, which is an AIR-injected shower that adds one part air to every two parts water. Depending on the head and finish, you can purchase this item from $120 to more than $5,000.

“With this new technology, it feels like you’re standing in the rain, which is actually relaxing,” Smith says.

Over the past year, one change Smith has witnessed is an increase in freestanding bath sales. He says in the past, 90 percent of Central Arizona Supply’s sales were comprised of regular bathtubs. Now, it has become a battle of the baths with freestanding tubs taking 50 percent of the business.

“Freestanding can free up to two or three feet of space, making your current bathroom bigger,” Smith says. “So, that’s the reason you’re seeing this trend — as well as they’re beautiful, so it’s an aesthetic thing.”

Spa RetreatBut the regular bathtubs are fighting back — with the Jason Hydrotherapy tub.

“Since (the Jason Hydrotherapy tub) came out four months ago, our tub sales have gone through the roof,” Smith says, “and that has really balanced the freestanding baths we’ve been selling more of.”

Jason Hydrotherapy tubs, priced at $14,790, are unique in that they are the only tubs that use Microsilk, which are oxygen-rich microbubbles. These clouds of oxygen penetrate deep into your pores for a more thorough cleansing, moisturizing your skin. They also keep your bathwater warm, so you don’t have to add more hot water. It’s also “a technology they’ve been using to clean clams,” Smith adds.

Snodgrass calls bathtubs similar to the Jason Hydrotherapy tub “combination tubs.” These tubs have jets and air bubbles, and the purchaser can have the “best of both worlds,” she says. The No. 1 reason why customers will opt for these tubs in their spa bath? According to Snodgrass, it’s all about the health and stress-reducing benefits.

“The main reason people will put combination tubs in their master bath is for the therapeutic reasons to aid in mental wellness and help your mood,” she says.

Spa RetreatOther unique products Smith and Snodgrass have been selling in their respective showrooms include the Numi toilet, which comes complete with feet warming capabilities, a deodorizer, a heated seat, an integrated air dryer and more. “People love it,” Snodgrass adds. This product is perfect for those who want to spend more time in their bathrooms.

On the other hand, there’s the Electric Mirror waterproof TV. This amenity can be found in luxury hotels and can help complete the spa experience in your master bath, but it can also help those multitasking individuals maintain efficiency in the mornings.

A master bath remodel into a spa-like experience can range anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000. It just all depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.

“If you want pretty much a car wash in your bathroom or a toilet of the day, then more money will go into it to create that spa effect,” Snodgrass says.

For more information about how you can turn your master bath into a spa retreat:

Central Arizona Supply
16431 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
(480) 922-9191
centralazsupply.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
8340 E. Raintree Dr., Bldg. A-1, Scottsdale
(480) 556-0103
fergusonenterprises.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012